The Library holds a collection of older and more specialized books on the history of the Town of Plymouth in the Terryville/Plymouth Room.
These include the standard histories of the Town such as Francis Atwater’s History of the Town of Plymouth, Connecticut; general county and state histories; neighboring town histories; specialized works about specific topics such the Tories of Chippeny Hill, Connecticut; books authored by Plymouth residents; Civil War regimental histories; and a host of others.
There are also many pamphlets, clippings, and other physical items in the Terryville/Plymouth Room’s vertical file and a collection of Terryville High School yearbooks from the 1920’s to the present.
Just ask at the Circulation Desk, and they will direct you to the Terryville/Plymouth Room.
Yearbook Digitization Project
For the Town of Plymouth’s 225th Anniversary, we worked with our partners at Bibliomation and the Connecticut Digital Archive, to upload digital files of nearly all the Terryville High School yearbooks in our physical collection, from 1920 through 2019*. As searchable PDFs, you can easily browse and scan each yearbook using the “Find in Document” feature (look for this symbol: ?.) This allows you to search for specific keywords such as a last name or nickname.
Terryville High School Yearbooks (CT Digital Archive)
Special thanks to Mary Jean M. and Tracey F. for their assistance preparing these materials to be digitized.
*Unfortunately, we do not have digital copies of yearbooks from 1932-1935.
Other Local History Resources:
Plymouth Historical Society
Works Progress Administration “House Survey” (CT State Library)
Connecticut Digital Archive
Family Search – FREE access, after registration, to U.S. and some Census records, birth-marriage-death records, Ellis Island passenger lists, family trees; includes informative “how to” videos and instructions, plus printable and downloadable forms for recording family history.
ResearchIT CT – FREE access with library card, via Connecticut State Library, to Ancestry.com, a well-known genealogy research website with many useful databases and family trees; also links to helpful genealogy websites such as National Archives, Find a Grave, and Chronicling America)
Cyndi’s List – Cyndi’s List includes millions of genealogy links, categorized according to the topic and location; check “beginners” category for websites, books, other ideas on how to get started; also check links to printable/downloadable forms for family history.
Genealogy Clubs – Consider membership in a genealogy club for access to virtual programs: Southington Genealogy Society, Genealogy Club of Newtown, Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club, Connecticut Ancestry Society, Jewish Genealogy Society of CT, and CT Society of Genealogists, to name only a few.
Free (or Almost Free) Genealogy with Marian Wood – Youtube of Maran’s February 11, 2021 talk
Interested in Conducting an Interview of Family Members to Capture History and Memories? – Check out our Audio Recording/Editing resources within the CreationStation Makerspace and explore the following resources.